TORTURE SQUAD

Here is another cool band to check out. Give TORTURE SQUAD a listen. Answers by Castor, bass player. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
Castor: The band’s name was inspired on a Sacred Reich song called “ Death Squad”. We only changed Death to Torture because it sounded more interesting to us.
Dude, I think that World Metal would describe us better because we mix everything about metal into our music. The reason is that our musical influence is huge. It goes from Blues to Extreme Death Metal in fact.

As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
Castor: I am the bass player, I joined in Torture Squad in the end of 1992.
I play the bass guitar since I was 14 years old.
I am self taught musician.
I learn to play bass listening to my Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath,Metallica , Kiss albums.

As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Castor: We just let our ideas flow, I mean sometimes some of us came up with a riff idea, drum beat or even an entire music done and then we start jamming out until we feel that it’s done. We usually put the words on it after the instrumental is already finished.

When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Castor: As a matter if fact we are headbangers beside that. Metal music can unite people all over the world, whether you are musician or not in my opinion.

How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Castor: I think that the band’s image is really important. The magic must be into the bands cover art, photos, dressing ,etc… Each band must have your own identity.

What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Castor: it can come out from a book, news, movie, some life experience, etc… We have something to say into our lyrics. We just express our feelings and point of views over things we experienced in life.

Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Castor: Back in the 70s and 80s , the record industry sold way more than from the digital of course. If you really wanted to listen an album you had to buy it anyway. So, when the digital era came out, lots of people started to download it for free. But, the real headbanger still buy albums they want to. There are people who still care about to get the original stuff , because you can have a better sound quality, booklet and helping the band to keep on doing more albums, tours, etc…

Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Castor: I don’t know exactly, because vinil is backing to life! The industry turned back to fabricate it and lots of people are buying, some record companies launch their stuff on digital, cd format and vinil as well. That’s why I don’t where it will ends in fact.

How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Castor: We are a touring band. We do love to go out on the road to play as much as possible. I think that the band on stage playing the asses off can gathered real fans, loyal ones in fact.
The experience to be on stage is really magic to me. I do like to feel the energy from the audiences connected to the band.
Be on stage to me is like being in outer space!

What lies in the future?
Castor: We’re doing to South America tour now, for 23 gigs from March 1st to April , 7th. We are gonna play in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile. Probably we’ll Mexico in June too.
Another tour is ready to come in Europe as well to August/ September . We will spread the dates soon!

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